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Grateful Dead Live at Cow Palace on 1974-03-23

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Grateful Dead Live at Cow Palace on 1974-03-23

Set 1

U.S. Blues
The Promised Land
Brown Eyed Women
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
Black Throated Wind
Scarlet Begonias
Beat It On Down The Line
It Must Have Been The Roses
El Paso
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
Weather Report Suite Part ->
Let It Grow

Set 2

Playing In The Band
Playing In The Band ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Morning Dew ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Playing In The Band
Ship Of Fools
Big River
Ramble On Rose
Me And My Uncle
Around And Around
Wharf Rat ->
Sugar Magnolia

Casey Jones
One More Saturday Night

1 - U.S. Blues
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - Tennessee Jed
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
9 - It Must Have Been The Roses
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
12 - Cassidy
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
15 - Weather Report Suite Prelude> Part 1 > Let It Grow
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
29 - Casey Jones*
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Cow Palace
Location Daly City, CA

Source Master Audience Cassette > Dat (or PCM?)
Taped by DAT from collection of Todd Evans
Transferred by DAT > TASCAM DA-20 > M-Audio Audiophile 192 > Soundforge 8.0 wav


Possible taper by Charles Connors

All Edits and tracking in Wavelab 6.0 by **__** :
BBE processing, Crystal Sample Rate converter,
L3 multimaximizer>dithered 44.1k/16>FLACfrontend level8

Patches by Michael Hughey-scarletfire1111@yahoo-dot-com:
in Adobe Audition (spots noted below)

a **GEMS** production October 2006

BBE- bass contour:0 process:1 output:full
peak master -.10dB

00:01.401 us blues (wave that flag)
-tape pause 5:47.563

06:17.803 promised land
- taper's sound seems to improve or the band gets tuned up..not sure which
- dropout 09:30.783-09:31.193

09:59.919 browneyed women
- no issues
- tape pause at 14:52.950

15:18.037 mexicali blues
- no issues
- tape pause/restart 18:45.445

19:42.972 tennesee jed
-watch hot parts on piano solo
-tape pause/restart 27:41.803

28:15.920 black throated wind
- channel droup out fixed
- tape pause/restart 34:59.648

35:21.600 scarlet begonias
-tape pause/restart "LET IT RAIN" fan scream 41:39.887

****for processing within wavelab's 2 gig limit, DAT one was worked on in 2 parts, split at the BIODTL.
The initial split was split along cdr sector boundaries to ensure proper sbes in the final 44.1kHz version

43:07.675(0) Beat it on Down the Line
- tape pause/restart 46:29.007

46:32.181(3.24.506) It Must have Been the Roses
- left channel dropout 46:48.984-46:49.006 repaired and used pencil tool to redraw wav
- right channel dropout 47:25.594-597 fixed w other channel paste
- lc dropout 47:25.617-624 fixed w/ other channel paste

dat 2 QC
BBE- bass contour:0 process:1 output:full
peak master -.10dB

00:02.511 Playin in the Band
-replaced right channel w left 04:26.581-90
zipper manually redrawn 00:25.685-86
23:50.559.5 fixed
14:16.630 Uncle John's Band
-replaced low left channel w/ right channel 22:30.000-22:50.325

23:29.448 Morning Dew
-bass becomes quite full around 27:10
-29:12.500- 29:15.557 replaced left channel w/ right
-click/clap at 31:28.100 reduced
-31:28.683-@.900 hand redrew zippers and reduced gain .75...
slightly audible still, mixed w/ a hand clap

ujb reprise
-40:39.190-220 right channel replaced w/ left
-light static 41:26.100-400 (left alone)
-41:55.205-222 left channel replaced w/ right
-42:57.449-455 left channel replaced w/ right

playin reprise

ship of fools
- left channel; replace w right 47:42.200-203
- a couple instances of static in ship left to be

- tiny left channel dropout repaired @56:00

ramble on rose
- repaired one tiny dropout(RC)
and forgot to record the time (@ 2 mins in)

mamu(it is not "into" this song as sbd suggests)
-01:05:23.142-157 left channel replaced with right
-01:05:22.842-861 left channel replaced with right

**at about 01:07:58 a guy says " take another hit of acid buddy!"...
other fella replies "we already did!" :) classic stuff

bertha..possibly first second missing..tapes starts rolling at exact start

around and around


-approx first minute is aud before a fade into the sbd source

(Dat 1 first half)
Promised Land
patch spot is at 9:31 on dat (@3:10 into the tune)
(DAT 2)
Uncle Johns Band 23:01
there's a dropout.. i assumed there is not a large chunk of missing music as it seems "in time".
(DAT 2)
01hr:13:10 just the left channel is missing but i feel there may be a few missing notes.
(DAT 2)
Sugar Magnolia> Encore patched in from sbd source


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2017
Subject: -
I think this is an excellent show, bizarrely underrated. Great sound on this AUD.
Reviewer: justfaced - favoritefavorite - January 18, 2016
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Reviewer: Winsome_Holstein_Nebula - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 11, 2012
Subject: The Blessed Obscurity Of Unremembered Rose Buds
In Re Evan Hunt’s review below – I’m going to post this once and only once here – I am so very and deeply grateful that the GDP Archivists who do the actual picks are folks who those who have their hearing a bit obscured by their mind’s memory of the shows they attended.

I’ve often had the thought that, in the make believe world of Just About Exactly Perfect, those who picked out shows from the vault would be those who A. – can play, B. no, seriously, really know how to jam this stuff, and C. were NOT at the show they pick.

There are a at least a dozen or so shows that I attended and felt, “How does it get better than this! What a stellar night! What a great show!!” Like many, years later due to this marvellous miracle of the Archive, I have returned to revisit parts of my youth to discover that the memory is far superior to the literal performance. The super clean and wonderful board tape is simply no match for my experience in the moment, with friends, in the sweet embrace of shared love and joy. You can not capture rapture on a board tape. Even Betty would be challenge to accomplish that feat.

That said, like you, there was a particular show I attended is a hyper bummed state of mind. I thought it sucked. As Pope said, “All is yellow to the jaundiced eye.” Decades later I went back to give a listen to Dane County Coliseum, 02-03-78, ( DP #18 ). One of the best shows I’ve ever heard. I was there – it happened before my eyes, and I missed it.

Agreed – in my view if you’re going to pick a show, PICK the WHOLE SHOW. Cherry picking is too subjective in an already subjective enterprise.

So, at the end of days, I remain thrice fold grateful for the Archive, the vision of the Grateful Dead,( imperfect as it is ), for the continued blessing of permitting us to enjoy and share this musical magic, and for the discreet blessing given us as a hidden boon, that those who do the choosing have let slip through their memories so many rose buds that we joyfully gather with nimble ears.

Tra la!
Reviewer: deuelio - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 23, 2010
Subject: Nice!
Since I was born in 1979, I missed most of the glory years but thanks to this site, I can still sort of relive it from my cubicle.

I love the early 70's shows and this one is right up there. Great recording and great setlist.

Reviewer: GratefulBill - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2009
Subject: A Chance Meeting with the Wall
Living in the Berkeley hills at the time and carless I walked down to a bus stop and a couple bus rides later i was at the Cow Palace for this show. I had bought a ticket at Bass tickets earlier. It had been a while since my previous Dead event (12-31-71 NYE, yay!). Now I had a roof over my head and money coming in from two jobs so it was "let's see what the band is up to" time.
There was a huge crowd and I heard people griping about how far away they had to park. I bumped into the local avatar and ended up with a twofer by accident. The purple microdots were an excellent source of cosmic energy that night.
With a double dose inside yours truly the police state search at the door was a breeze as I didn't have anything to declare.
Inside was righteously packed. The music started and everybody around me started dancing. I was about 25 feet in front of the stage on the right if one faced the stage. Unfortunately I was overwhelmed by the dosage and had to do the whole show sitting on the floor crosslegged while the dancers did their thing around me. Thank God for deadheads. No one tripped (sic) over me or was bothered by my non-verticality.
The sound system was amazing! The music came from every direction with pinpoint clarity. It was everywhere and anywhere all at once. Words fail me.
It was that place where there is no time but one has all the time in the world. After a timeless time the show was completed and the house lights came on. I then noticed that I had spent the entire evening facing exactly 180^ away from the stage. I was facing the rear wall. It didn't really matter where you were inside the Palace or what you did that night or what you saw. There was audible musical magic in the universe that night.
I straightened out enough to stand up. Ground scored an orange and a quarter for the bus ride home. My next show would be 10-16-74 since I am now and forever will be a deadhead.
God Bless the Grateful Dead and all deadheads.
Reviewer: lazylightning1953 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2009
Subject: cow palace
grate show.i loved the set of songs they just play their asses off.second set just kicks ass.grate sound too.thank you guys for a job well done.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2008
Subject: You Don't Always Know...
...What you have in your hands. I was at this show and it wasn't as good as this recording. Why? Thinking back I imagine that I did not enjoy this concert as much as I should have because I was bummed before I got inside and couldn't shake it off well enough to engage myself fully.

So, finally, after 34 years, I decided to listen. Firstly, I put the Dick's Picks (#24) of this night on my CD player and parried back and forth from the CD to this stream. Of course, you know that the DP does not have all the songs on it, which is sort of criminal by my way of thinking because all 11 of the songs left off the DP are very well played. I guess GDP didn't want to include a third disc in the package. A real shame. Maybe my angst of 34 years ago carried over while previously listening to the DP -- I just never really dug it that much.

Nonetheless, after going back and forth from the DP to the stream I finally just gave up on the DP and left the stream going. It's a better recording than the DP. And, in the comfort of my living room, I could finally sit back and appreciate this show -- easily one of my top 25 and most certainly it could make the grade as one of the all time greats.

Why was I so bummed 34 years ago? The scene outside the Cow Palace was horrendous -- not like any Grateful Dead concert scene I had ever seen. Me and my entourage arrived early and even with the early arrival there was this grotesquely huge and awfully wide line in front of the door that looked like it was a block long. And the line wasn't the typical Dead Head line in front of Winterland like I was used to, oh no. This was a line of mostly teenage (or younger) kids with their chaperoning parents and you can visualize how nervous and uptight it made the Dead Head line waiters. How can you light up in front of ol' mom and dad there? This happened because for an entire month the Grateful Dead ran ads for this show on the local teenybop Top 40 AM radio station and it worked. The show was way oversold.

Then, horror of all horrors, there was an army of burly SFPD stationed near the entrance and they were dogging every hippie in line with their extreme pat searches and hauling people off slump-shouldered to a nearby paddy wagon.

Coupled with the fact that I was already exhausted from marshaling around the 65 people I had invited -- half of them who had never been to a Dead concert -- I guess I was just too wiped out to thoroughly enjoy myself once I got inside and saw that massively overcrowded hall. You could not move around with any ease -- lesson learned. With the booming popularity of the GD the writing was on the wall that the band was eventually going to get so big that they would be subjected to playing large halls and baseball stadiums. I was happy with the Dead's success, but this show was the first nail in my coffin and by 1980, I was finished with going to any of their shows due to overcrowding. It just wasn't worth it to me. It wasn't fun anymore, and it's got to be fun.

But today, thanks to the VERY brave souls who smuggled recording equipment inside, and the Archives folks who took the equally brave leap to host these wonderful live audience recordings, we can sit back, relax, and have fun with the music.

Time to send the Archives a donation. Where's my checkbook? There it is -- the burly SFPD officer pulled it out of my back pocket for me.

How considerate!
Reviewer: fillmore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2008
Subject: download this now
a must have for any collection! great for the feeling of "being there". i wasn't but sure wish i was! download it now! thanks internet archive also thanks to all the tapers who caught this "magic" and make it possible for everyone to experience!
Reviewer: brownroux - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2008
Subject: the whistler
The whistler stops or got covered up.Other than that this show is Grrrrreat.this is why we went to the Dead shows all the time the best ever.I truly was seeing them from new england to texas,never got to cali man,but now I listen to all the shows I can from here.sweet dreams,jelly roll!!!sure do wish we cold get some visuals here but thats all upstairs.peace out.
sleep deep and drink your wine.dav and bean
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